The photo at top shows the RCA building and if you look closely, on the far left you can see the front of Jim's 1960 Cadillac Eldorado. The second pic shows an engineer getting things set up for a Jim Reeves recording session. (Can you name the engineer?)
The next picture is the view from the control room during a Jim Reeves recording session. (See Jim on the far left in back). Next to him are the Anita Kerr singers, the string section in the center and rhythm guitarist Velma Smith. Chet is in shadows at right.
As a session progresses, Jim gives instructions to the musicians. You can see drummer Willie Ackerman, and Velma Smith. Notice Leo sitting on right in pic. Can you name the bass player?
Below is some wonderful video of Jim Reeves at work in Studio B, recording a Cindy Walker song, "Blue Canadian Rockies." This is featured in the H&H/VoiceMasters DVD called "Jim Reeves Anthology" that Steve Brink and I released. Compare Jim's close-to-the-mic technique with that of Frank Sinatra, who stood several feet away from the microphone and sang more loudly. As I explain in my book, Jim took advantage of the "proximity effect" to enhance his already-rich baritone voice. What is also astonishing is how effortlessly Jim sings — even flipping the sheet music without missing a note, putting his hand in his pocket, and being very relaxed. Keep in mind this is a live video...not lip sync. His vibrato is so perfect, although Jim felt he didn't sustain the last note long enough, so he asked to do it over. Winnie Breast joined the background singers to replace Anita Kerr, who can be heard in the control room producing the session and interacting with Jim on the intercom.
Note: None of the video posted on this website is from commercially released sources. I have my own independent sources and own all copyrights on videos used on this site. Copyright 2012 by Larry Jordan. All rights reserved.